Bunmi Diplo-Salami, of BAOBAB for Women's Human Rights (BAOBAB), speaks on the state of women's rights in Nigeria and BAOBAB's work in the period before the 2007 elections. Discusses challenges of patriarchy interacting with global phenomena of fundamentalism, militarization. Discusses women's subordination as result of violence, poverty, corruption. Describes organizational focus on empowerment, promoting rights of women under statutory, customary and religious laws.
Describes WLP leadership curriculum as enhancing status and quality of life of Nigerian women, bringing together women of different backgrounds. Decribes WLP membership. Gives detail of leadership program, workshops carried out in 16 of 36 states. Describes resulting self-evaluation by participants as full citizens, leading to asserting themselves, sense of solidarity, becoming prominent members of community after Leading to Choices manual. Describes WLP as first forum where all open to same page, shared values and methodology, restrategizing inspired.